Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Coalition will transform in the Jubilee Party which will be launched at a national convention to be held on Sept 9 and 10.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement here Tuesday as he led the leaders of 12 political parties, including Deputy President William Ruto, in announcing their readiness to join the new party.

The national convention will be preceded by National Delegates Conferences of all the 12 parties which will ratify their dissolution, President Kenyatta said, making it clear that the Jubilee Party will be run democratically.

“Internal democracy is as important to us as the national democracy we are all looking for. Our journey to democracy in Kenya revolves around our traditions and culture,” he added. “Now more than ever, we have the ability to achieve a prosperous, peaceful and united Kenya.”

President Kenyatta said the control of elections for party leadership positions would be in the hands of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC).

He also challenged other political parties to also use the services of the electoral commission when conducting internal party elections.

The president assured all those interested in contesting for elective offices on Jubilee Party tickets that he had no preferred candidates. All those seeking elective office know that they will get a free and fair chance of succeeding.

“Furthermore, the Jubilee Alliance has proposed in accordance with Article 88, sub-section 4 of our Constitution that party nominations be carried out by the IEBC, to further guarantee transparency and fairness in the nomination process,” said the President.

In order to guarantee fairness in the nomination process, President Kenyatta said interim party positions would not be held by those who are interested in elective positions. “This is to ensure that each and every person seeking an elective office knows that they will get a free and fair chance of succeeding,” said the President.

Ruto said the Jubilee Party would chart a new course in the politics of Kenya. He introduced the officials of the 12 political parties who had gathered to announce their readiness to join the new party.

The Deputy President said Jubilee Party would solve the problem of ethnicity in Kenyan politics because it will bring unity.

The parties joining the new Jubilee Party are TNA, URP, JAP, APK, UDF, New Fork Kenya, Ford People, UPK, PNU, Republican Council, TIP TIP and GNU.

The leaders present were Hon Kindiki (Senate Majority Leader), Adan Duale (National Assembly Majority Leader), Senator Beatrice Elachi, Kiraithe Murungi (APK), Said Ali (Republican Congress), Ken Lusaka (New Ford Kenya), Barry Shill (URP), Sakaja Johnson (TNA), Nderitu Gachagua (GNU, Albert Nandi (Ford People), Ben Washali (UK), John Kamama (POA), and Kalembe Ndile (Tip Tip).